For many people coming to Australia to study, English is not their native language; therefore, they must often pass a test to prove their proficiency in the English language.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the internationally standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers, and is a very common part of the study abroad experience.
As with all exams, preparation is key! We’ve put together a few tips for you to help with your preparations.
How does the IELTS test work?
There are two streams for the IELTS: academic, or general.
The academic stream is used for study purposes or for professional registration, while the general stream is more directed towards work or migration purposes.
Depending on need, many institutions offer both short courses and full-time courses in IELTS exam preparation; however, please note that individual organisations have different IELTS requirements. Be sure to check which IELTS test your institution recognises.
- Use the free resources available
There are so many free resources available, so make sure you are using them. A great one to check out is the IELTS Support Toolkit. You can also take one of the many practice tests availale on the IELTS website.
- Take an English course
If you are still struggling or really want to excel in your test, completing an English course might be extremely beneficial. You will receive instant feedback from your teacher and extra support in the areas that need to be improved. You will practice speaking, listening, reading and writing in English throughout your course.
- Get feedback
You know what they say about ‘practice makes perfect’…The best way to test your English skills before the exam is to take a practice test! We know, tests are not very fun, but taking practice tests before the real one will help you identify areas that need to be improved, plus it will help you become familiar with the types of questions you can expect from the real exam.
As with the real test, the IELTS Progress Check tests are split into four sections: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Upon completion of the practice test, you will receive a report which shows your indicative score and provides feedback.
There are practice tests available for both the academic and general IELTS streams – learn more here.
As always, a great way to fine tune your English skills is to practice with friends. Instead of speaking in your native language, try having conversations in English.
- Start your journey
Once you have completed your IELTS there will be so many education and employment opportunities waiting for you! Find your dream course by using our FREE search function!
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